Suffolk County Community College 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014
Dr. June Ohrnberger, Professor of English as a Second Language and Director of the College’s ESL program, has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.
Our student speakers are Danielle Safaty from the Michael J. Grant Campus, Ramona Miranda from the Eastern Campus, and Elizabeth Ammenwerth from the Ammerman Campus.
Danielle Safaty is graduating with an honors diploma in liberal arts with an emphasis in biology. She is currently featured in a Student Spotlight video on the home page of the College’s website. Graduating from Hauppauge High School in June 2012, Danielle enrolled at Suffolk when she was 16 years old. She recently received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and is a Get There from Here Scholarship recipient. Passionate about pursuing a career in medicine, Danielle is a member of three honors societies here at the College: Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Active on campus, she served as President for three student clubs: The Natural Science and Discovery Club, The Chemistry Club, and the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Journal Club. Ms. Safaty plans to transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she will pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Technology. Her career goal is to eventually become a doctor of medicine.
Ramona Miranda is graduating with a diploma in Liberal Arts. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, she arrived on Long Island at the age of 2. A 2005 graduate of Greenport High School, she was recently selected for the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, a nationally recognized award that honors our nation’s leading students. Ramona will be attending LIU Post in the fall, where she plans on majoring in International Studies and will minor in Political Science. In the fall, she will also begin an internship with the United Nations, which aligns with her career goal to one day become a peacekeeper or a UN ambassador.
Elizabeth Ammenwerth became a member of the Honors College after her first semester at Suffolk. By her third semester, she was selected to receive a Get There From Here Scholarship. Today, she credits this scholarship support from the College’s Foundation for helping her meet the financial obligation of earning her degree. Most recently, Elizabeth was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. A member of multiple honors organizations, she still finds time to participate in a full schedule of campus and community involvement. She is President of the Community Service Club, member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma, Communication Chair of the Club Board, and has advocated on behalf of the College in front of our elected representatives in Albany, all while going to school full-time and maintaining a family. Chosen by the Ammerman Campus as the Daniel B. Deponte Student of the Year, she will graduate with a degree in Business Administration. A resident of Bayport, her career goal is to own a specialty food store.
The keynote address will be delivered by William Moore, Esq. Mr. Moore served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2009. Elected as its Chairman from 2004 to 2009, Mr. Moore led the Board through the resolution of a major legal decision that determined critical aspects of fiscal autonomy and operational flexibility should be placed under the direction of the College’s administration. He was also the driving force behind the introduction of Board self-assessment and a focus on policy development. A graduate of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Moore was on the prestigious Law Review. Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and Federal District Court for the Eastern District, he is a Member of the New York State Bar Association.